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on the international scene when it goes to war with ching china in 1894. c-span: did you say that america was imperialist? >> guest: yes. america was--took part at the end of the 19tth century in the rush for territory in east asia this was the period in which the leading american thinker was admiral th--thayer mahan, admiral mahan with his theories of sea power and of forward deployment of american ships, bases, and the united states, as you know, seizes ha--hawaii at the end of the 19th century. it fights a war with spain. it seizes the philippines, wake, guam and midway islands. the japanese come on the scene as late-starting imperialists. they seize territory from china in 1895, but the great powers--france, germany and russia, czarist russia force japan to return the little peninsula, liaotung peninsula at the foot of mukden province. and japan does, however, acquire the island of taiwan, then known as formosa, as a result of its first war with china, and a decade later, jap--i might add, it also secures indemnities from china's ching dynasty. five years later, it--japan takes part i
, the persian gulf war, and so forth -- nixon and america, which would deal with a lot of his political views, which we see in this book; and nixon on nixon, more of nixon on the personal side, what he thought about the deaths of mrs. nixon and haldeman and john connally and so forth. and then as i began writing, i realized that the story would be better told in two parts. and i wanted to take the political material and publish it as a separate volume because i think it stood very powerfully on its own. c-span: two hundred and thirty pages, $23. was this a hard thing to do? >> guest: no, it really wasn't, because i had the diaries, so i had all of the quotes there, and i had a lot of the insights that i had written in the diaries at the time. so the book pretty much wrote itself. c-span: the new yorker excerpted the part on bill clinton, time magazine wrote a major piece, the new york times reviewed it. there's lots more. does that surprise you? >> guest: no, it doesn't. it doesn't, because whether you like or dislike richard nixon, whether you respect him or not, there's no denying that nixo
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